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Queen's University


Thesis Application Timeline

Due Date Item
Fall term Student identifies supervisor.
Nov Student (if eligible) develops SSHRC funding application with supervisor.
Jan 15

Student delivers Thesis Option Application to the DEVS Graduate Office.  The application should include:

  • a detailed research proposal (up to 5 pages);
  • a budget for field work (if intended);
  • a letter of support from supervisor stating funding commitments (if any).
  • an unofficial transcript (supplied by the Graduate Office).
Jan 31 Student (if eligible) submits an OGS funding application.
Feb 7 Student notified if accepted into two-year thesis option.
May 15 Student, supervisor and Graduate Chair identify examiners of the Thesis Examining Committee (see below).
NB:  Dates that fall on a weekend/holiday will revert to the next business day.

Examining Committee

Upon acceptance into the two-year thesis option, the student will identify the examiners of the Thesis Examining Committee, in consultation with the Graduate Chair and supervisor, and in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the School of Graduate Studies.  Normally the examining committee comprises:

  • Chair of Committee: Head of Department (or Head's Delegate) (may be from outside department);
  • Supervisor(s);
  • Another DEVS faculty member;
  • A Queen's faculty member from another department.

Length and Presentation

A rough guideline for length is 75-100 (max) doubled-spaced typewritten pages.  All graduate theses must conform to the minimum style and form requirements as detailed in the Queen's University School of Graduate Studies guide General Forms of Theses.  The School of Graduate Studies advises students to print this document for reference.

Oral Examination (Thesis Defense)

When the student and supervisor feel that thesis is ready for examination, the Graduate Chair will determine an examination date mutually convenient to the candidate and members of the Examining Committee.  The student must deliver a copy of the thesis to each member of the examining committee, including the chairperson, no later than 10 working days prior to the scheduled date of the examination (thesis defense).  The student must also complete the forms required by the School of Graduate Studies, including the Master's Oral Thesis Examination Form  and the  UMI Form for Social Sciences.

Final Submission

Degree requirements are considered complete when the student submits one electronic copy of the thesis, in PDF format revised as recommended by the Examining Committee and finally approved by the supervisor/committee, to the School of Graduate Studies through the E-Thesis Submission process in QSpace.The student must also submit one bound copy to the DEVS Graduate Office.

At the time of submission for completion of degree requirements, the student may also submit up to two unbound copies of the thesis to the School of Graduate Studiesfor final permanent binding.

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